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Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Join our online Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme to gain a deeper understanding of mental health. This online course can be an introduction or a refresher.


This online children’s mental health training course developed from our work in schools enhances professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities. This course is suitable for people working with children and young people of any age, including primary and secondary. 

93% feel that the course has increased their capacity to lead a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

We also offer the Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme to Trainee Teachers and Youth Groups in England. Please find out more using the links above. 

Key information

  • Length:
  • 5-week online programme
  • Frequency:
  • 1–1.5 hours per week done at a time convenient for you
  • Scotland  - FREE 31 Aug 2022
  • England  - FREE 14 Sep 2022

Course details

  • You will have a dedicated Place2Be professional to join discussions and aid online learning
  • 5-week programme with regular start dates for you to choose from
  • Broken down into 15 minute sections to fit around your day (1–1.5 hours per week total)
  • No fixed timings - you can access the programme via any device and work through it at a time to suit you
  • Helps support your own wellbeing


1. Understanding mental health & wellbeing

We introduce factors that contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing.

2. Nature and nurture

We explore how early experiences shape the way we perceive ourselves and relate to others, and how those experiences create the pathways in the brain that support our development. 

3. How can I help?

We consider what a child’s behaviour might be communicating about their underlying needs.

4. Mental health: everybody’s business

We reflect on the importance of positive mental health for everyone with a focus on the adults around a child.  


Once you complete the Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme, you will also gain immediate access to the Place2Be Staffroom, a dedicated space for you to access additional resources, tips and learning.

In the Staffroom you can: 

  • Gain access to new materials and tools to foster positive wellbeing in schools 
  • Access projects from Place2Be’s Art Room to use in class with students 
  • View live webinars and Q & A’s on a host of mental health issues 
  • Continue to learn about the mental health of the whole school community  
  • Share your experiences and tips with your colleagues across the UK 

We are pleased to offer the programme free to UK qualified teachers and school-based staff in open groups. To be eligible for the programme, you need to have a UK QTS, be an ECT or have a permanent role in a classroom. 


We also offer the Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme to Trainee Teachers and Youth Groups in England. Please find out more using the links above. 


For closed cohort prices please contact us to find out more. 


We are CPD certified.

Find out more

For more information, please email mhc@place2be.org.uk


Frequently Asked Questions



What I really liked about the training was that it didn't just give you the theory, but provided lots of ways to put this theory into practice...I also found the discussion element — where other teachers gave their feedback – really helpful

Teacher on Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme.

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school

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Please ensure you register to the correct version of the course for you. This version is free for UK qualified teachers and support staff on a permanent contract within UK schools.

If you are a trainee teacher or work for a youth organisation please book onto these versions instead through the links provided.

Please contact us for group prices for closed cohorts and to find out more. 

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